3 Tips When Working with Volunteers

Working with the staff and leadership of The Village Christian Church was an absolute pleasure. The wonderful relationship that we were all able to develop allowed for excellent collaboration and the ability to solve project hurdles quickly.

Using the design/build delivery method we were able to maximize the overall amount of space as well as its function based on the overall budget established by this ministry. As a trusted partner, we will do whatever we can to work within a customer's ministry budget parameters.

With ministry projects, challenges can arise at times with the need for careful communication and collaboration. On this recent project the ministry was able to procure donations of several items providing them with the ability to save a significant amount of money. These items were to be installed by volunteers who were associated with the church. Having a clear definition of where our scope of work stops and the volunteer's scope starts can be challenging.

Here are 3 tips when working with volunteers:

  1. THANK them for their commitment to the ministry and willingness to serve.
  2. Provide them with a thorough understanding of what needs to be completed in their area of service.
  3. Confirm for the benefit of the ministry that each are qualified and have the time to accommodate the master construction schedule. Determine in advance which areas need skilled labor and which areas need the work of many hands.

Proper sequencing of volunteers can also be difficult since most of the volunteers are performing their work after hours. Thankfully we were able to work through these challenges with good communication established at the onset of the project. Because of this they were able to receive the cost savings without greatly extending the overall schedule.

The end result is an attractive and inviting ministry facility with the ability to accommodate many uses for ministry.